Heading to Sri Lanka
Thu 26 Jan 2017 09:59
Well, DHL finally got my charts to me just 16 days after they arrived in Thailand. And so we headed north to the Similans but the weather was against us. Light winds from the wrong direction. (Anybody want to buy some charts of the Similans and Surins?). Gigi got a gastric infection but my clever Ipad found a clinic and a pharmacy. So she seems OK now.
Back at Chalong we arrived in a 30 knot rain squall right in the path of a speedboat run to a tourist island. We missed about 10 of them at close quarters in terrible visibility; not nice but at least we got out water tanks filled.
The boat is now full of water, food and fuel. But it is looking like the wind might die just when we want to leave. Well, so be it. And sorry not to be stopping at the Andamans or the Nicobars. It is just not allowed Andamans you can stop at but getting a visa is murder if you are not in your home country). One boat stopped at the Nicobars three days ago to get shelter with a crew member very seasick and they were moved on very quickly by the army. Technically this is against International Maritime regulations not to allow safe quarter. But at the end of the day the man with the big gun has the final word.
Challenging superstition we are leaving on Friday 27th. And will celebrate Chinese New Year at sea on the Saturday. A first for me. I have to wear red for some reason…